About Ridvan

Ridvan, also known as the Most Great Festival, commemorates an incredible period in history: it celebrates Baha’u’llah’s time in the garden of Ridvan on the outskirts of Baghdad in 1863 where He publicly declared His station as a Manifestation of God. The Ridvan Festival is 12 days long and, according to the Badi calendar, spans from 13 Jalal (the month of Glory) until 5 Jamal (the month of Beauty).

Annual elections for nine-member Baha’i governing bodies, such as Local Spiritual Assemblies and National Spiritual Assemblies, occur during this time period and every five years, the Universal House of Justice is elected.

Here are 16 Baha’i Blog resources about this time of year:

1. What is Ridvan and why does it have 12 days?

Preethi offers a short historical introduction to what occurred in the Ridvan garden in 1863 when Baha’u’llah announced that He was the Promised One of all religions.

2. The King of Festivals is Here!

Soheila shares some personal thoughts on quotations from the Writings of Baha’u’llah dedicated to Ridvan from the newly translated compilation, Days of Remembrance.

3. 7 Ways to Celebrate the Festival of Ridvan at Home

In this article, Sonjel provides seven ideas for how she plans to celebrate all 12 days of the Ridvan Festival in her home with her family.

4. 12 Things About Ridvan

Zayda shares 12 facts about this King of Festivals, its significance, meaning and relevance and about the elections that occur during this time of year.

5. 150 Years of Ridvan and Counting

A personal perspective is provided in this article as James describes how he is celebrating this festival.

6. Baha’i Blog Quiz: Ridvan (Part 1)

Test your knowledge, or that of your family and friends, with this simple quiz.

7. How to Make a Rose for Ridvan

If you’re looking for ways to beautify your space for Ridvan, we demonstrate how you can make a rose in this Creative Ideas video. If you’d like to watch our other videos in this series, you can find them here on our YouTube channel: YouTube.com/bahaiblog

8. Ridvan (Smith & Dragoman Cover) by Malaysian Youth

This touching and poignant rendition by a small group of youth in Malaysia of Smith & Dragoman’s “Ridvan” song is both uplifting and moving.

9. Elika Mahony’s Song for Ridvan in 11 Languages

Elika Mahony released a melody for Ridvan. Its lyrics are based on the words of Baha’u’llah “Rejoice with exceeding gladness, O people of Baha, as ye call to remembrance the Day of supreme felicity…” The song is available for download in 11 different languages.

10. International Convention and the Election of the Universal House of Justice

In this article, Naysan gives us a brief overview of the election of the Universal House of Justice that occurs every five years during the Ridvan Festival.

11. What are the Ridvan Baha’i Elections

Morris describes the sacred Baha’i electoral process in this Baha’i Blog article.

12. Changeless Faith: Ridvan and Easter

Preethi examines similarities between the Ridvan and Easter: both are a celebration of the triumph of the divine Cause — where grief is transformed into joy and persecution into victory.

13. Baha’i Blog Quiz: Ridvan (Part 2)

Aced the first quiz? Well done! Here are nine further questions about the significance of the Ridvan Festival.

14. Unity: The Promise of Ridvan

Considering the centrality of unity to Baha’u’llah’s Message and in honor of the Baha’i elections held during Ridvan, Preethi reflects on what unity means, how it can transform society and our role in promoting and achieving a vision of unity. She shares how the Baha’i world can act as a microcosm of the society we are working to achieve – a united humanity.

 

15. The Two Gardens of Ridvan

Amelia offers an explanation distinguishing the Ridvan Garden in Baghdad, where Baha’u’llah proclaimed His Mission in 1863, and the Ridvan Garden outside of Akka, which was lovingly prepared for Baha’u’llah to visit by Abdu’l-Baha.

16. Happy Ridvan from Baha’is around the World

This video shares Ridvan greetings from Baha’is from all corners of the globe attending International Convention in 2013.